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'The Piano Guys' scales the Great Wall for video shoot

Internet sensation, the Piano Guys are in China. The Utah-based group took some precious time off their Asian tour in Singapore and Malaysia to fulfil their China dream - shooting a music video on the Great Wall of China...

September 16, 2013

Great Wall Forest Festival kicks off

The 2013 Yanqing Great Wall Forest Festival, the fourth edition of its kind, was held from August 24 to August 25 in the Tanglewood Music Valley at the foot of the Great Wall Badaling Section in Beijing's Yanqing County...

August 29, 2013

Jet Team above the Great Wall

Aircraft of Breitling Jet Team, a famous European aerobatic team, perform above the Great Wall of the Jiayuguan Pass in northwest China's Gansu Province, Aug. 13, 2013...

August 16, 2013

Unique section of the Great Wall draws in visitors

As people all know what the Great Wall looks like but did you know that some of it is built over water? The Jiumenkou section of the wall in Liaoning Province in North East China is famous for just that...

  August 09, 2013

Couple struck dead by thunder on 'Wild Great Wall'


A newly-wedded couple, both 27 years old, lost their lives in a thunder stroke Saturday afternoon when climbing a part of the "Wild Great Wall" in suburban Beijing, the Beijing Youth Daily reported Sunday.

The man, surnamed Wei, was a staffer of the State Intellectual Property Office and the woman, surnamed Chen, was a Ph.D candidate of the prestigious Peking University, according to the report.

Phone calls to the local police bureau on Sunday remain unanswered.

A witness surnamed Ji was quoted by the Beijing Times as saying that the two, together with three other tourists, continued climbing toward the peak of the Jiankou part of the Great Wall despite strong rainfall, thunder and lightning.

The two fell off the 50-meter-high wall, Ji said. They already stopped breathing when rescuers arrived about two hours later. The other three tourists, all colleagues of Wei, were slightly injured and are back in the city of Beijing.

This part of the Great Wall, located in the Huairou District, is known for for being abrupt and rugged.

"Wild Great Wall", a nickname for sections of the Great Wall that are not officially renovated and open to tourists, scattered in the suburbs of Beijing and have become increasingly hot among venturous tourists.

(Xinhua News Agency June 14, 2009)

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